I've been so spoiled lately - friends have been taking me out to restaurants for the past few weekends, a real treat as I never go out to restaurants. Something about being poor and knowing how to cook. Last Sunday night, a friend invited us out to John's Chinese BBQ Restaurant in Markham. I'm such a believer . . . Cantonese food is the greatest, isn't it. And lucky for us, we had a Hong Kong native to order for us, explaining it all as we ate.
My contribution to dinner? Two bottles of Izumi sake, which turned out amazing - more later. Highlights? All of them. The most amazing roast duck to start, going into something off-menu, one of those hush hush wink wink deals you have to talk to the owner about. Chicken, stuffed with prawns, fried, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Yeah, as epic as it sounds. Tender greens and more sake for a brief intermission, before going onto clams in black bean sauce and duck legs/mushroom/choy. Ending with crispy noodles, 潮州 style, that sweet/sour thing they like. And dessert was this extraordinary deep-fried taro, encased in sugar. And I don't even like taro! Crispy outside, perfectly tender inside, all love.
Many thanks to my dear friend for being our host. Yet another winner. But I shouldn't have been surprised . . . you never go wrong in a restaurant with its menus pasted on the walls. Cantonese food forever!!